Power Writing 101: How to Write for Long Term Success by John Cabrera
Stepping into the writing world is not a recipe for instant success, and money, though if you stick with the process long enough and learn how to not just step outside the box, but create your own system of writing, success is very possible.
Here are a few tips, as well as a personal account, of how a writer can not only make their own path into the writing world, but excel within their own niche as well.
1) Let go of what you know.
Those attempting to step into a writing career might be a bit confused by this concept, but it is very easy to grasp. Writing is fluid, dynamic, and bound only by a few core rules. In order to write for long term success all writers need to "empty their cup" so to speak. If you operate under the premise of knowing everything it becomes difficult to learn anything. In order to learn and continue to grow as a writer, you must be willing to learn, adapt, and at times change your thinking. In order to gain experience and plan for the long term, all writers must let go sometimes and admit that they know far less than they think.
2) Be open to all ideas
This is basic 101 material, and yet is still a useful lesson to fall back on. Too many writers begin their career as open books, ready to learn everything only to close themselves off once they have found their voice. In keeping yourself open to any and all ideas you manage to keep a fresh outlook not just on life but on the process of writing. Locking yourself into one style, one subject, and one specialized topic can narrow the potential of any writer. In order to be successful a writer needs to be able to step outside their comfort zone and experience new ideas and new topics.
3) Be patient
This cannot be stressed enough. Writing is not the key to overnight success. Those writers that do enjoy fame and glory are rare, and are not the rule. Those exceptional writers who do happen to be in the right place at the right time are few and far between when compared to the number of writers that actually ply their trade day in and day out. It is possible to be an overnight success, but it generally takes at least ten to twenty years to achieve such recognition. The hard truth of writing is that an individual seeking fame and fortune will be far more likely to never succeed, while those who seek to build their brand and stick it out for the long run are just as likely to fail, but are far more realistic about the process.
Success is possible in the writing industry, but it comes with a price, and it rarely comes quickly.
4) Have fun with your writing
Whether it is professional, technical, friendly, or even informal, writing is a skill that allows the writer to express themselves in a way that serves as an escape from the world for a short amount of time. Those who find themselves immersed in the industry are often here for a reason. Despite the need to be serious and professional at times it is still necessary to remind yourself why you entered this industry and how much enjoyment it can bring.
On a more personal note I have been a writer for most of my life. It might even be safe to say that I was born to write, as I've been writing since I was very young. As a child I realized very early on the bite of failure and still wanted more. At that point I had the easiest time in applying the aforementioned techniques. This was the draw of writing for me. I excelled at thinking around, outside, and through the box. I could create worlds on a whim, I could write pieces that were grounded in reality, and I could entertain others with what I wrote. My enjoyment knew little if any limits when I first began to write, and that was what kept me going for so long.
To this day I have managed to keep that enjoyment, though it has changed and matured over time. Writing for success is a long, arduous process that takes time, patience, and desire. It is not a get rich quick scheme, but it is an enriching and rewarding skill that can leave a lasting impression upon both the reader and the writer. Let go of what you know in order to adapt and learn the trade. Always be open to new ideas so that you can find fulfillment and joy in every word written and by all means, just write.
About the Author: John Cabrera
John Cabrera is freelance writer, web content writer, editor, blogger, content strategist, and ghostwriter. He is the co-founder of Freelance Writer Opportunities, a blog dedicated to writers’ financial growth. Want to know how to create passive income from your exiting writing? Download the free digital guide Create Passive Income From Your Writing.
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